President Obama: Bin Laden Death Photo Will NOT Be Released

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Despite reports to the contrary, President Barack Obama emphatically said today that he will not release an Osama bin Laden death photo to the public.

Photos taken after U.S. forces shot him dead Sunday clearly show the Al Qaeda leader's bloody, bullet-ridden face, which plenty of people want to see.

It appeared that the administration was on the cusp of releasing the graphic images, but Obama now says it's not gonna happen for myriad reasons.

In particular, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both advised Obama against inciting a backlash against the U.S.

Obama told 60 Minutes in an interview to air Sunday that "the risks outweigh the benefits" and that they wouldn't quash conspiracy theories anyway.

Some will "claim the photos are doctored anyway" and the risk is that the photos "will only serve to inflame public opinion in the Middle East."

Osama Bin Laden Photo

The President continued his defense of not releasing the pictures:

"Imagine how the American people would react if Al Qaeda killed one of our troops or military leaders, and put photos of the body on the internet."

"Osama bin Laden is not a trophy - he is dead and let's now focus on continuing the fight until Al Qaeda has been eliminated." He makes a point.

What do you think, though: Release the bin Laden pics?


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There is no photo. This is all baloney. Period. As an educated professional, it concerns me that:
1: They were 'so concerned' about giving him a proper Islamic burial (!). Did the Americans at Ground Zero get theirs? !
2: They are 'so concerned' about upsetting anyone about the photos (how many times have we seen JFK's head get blown off and others have their heads cut off?)
I love Obama...however, this may be a re-election manipulation tactic.
Sorry, I just don't believe in these fairy tales the government is putting out there and I can't celebrate with y'all. I need some serious proof. Thanks.


Pls make na beg mr obama make released d dead body 4d beria ds is muslim deadbody ooo thanks mr president.


I applaud President Obama's decision!!


Thank God For Our President and His Clear and Ever Present Mind.
Once Again ...The President....Our Commander and Chief Has Made
The Appropriate Decision Where This Photo is Concerned. We Are A Civilized Nation...and it is Simply in Poor Taste. Let's Make it as Peaceful as we Can and Move Forward. It is Better For Our Boys Over There Picking up The Pieces.. We Want Them All Home Safe and Sound. The Dalai Lama Said it Best,
" The Basic Concept of War is Out Of Date. "
And I Say World Peace = World Dollars,Dinars, and Yen.
God Bless Our Wonderful President,The First Lady and Their Beautiful Girls. "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody" Irving Berlin
Another Man Of Good Taste And Mind.


bin Laden and his ilk did not give damn what our murdered citizens looked like on 9/11. Nor did they care that many of those citizens would not get a decent burial because their bodies were blown to dust. Why allow bin Laden's dead body any dignity whatsoever? Just show his mangled face already!


Damian Miles Hollywood 101 Show Here....
As We All Know Our Fabulous President is Always in Good Taste...
Just Like Our Hollywood Mega Star Sidney Poitier.
I Just Adore Our President....He is Always So Well Spoken and Like A True Commander and Chief.... He Has Made The Correct Decision Regarding This Photo. We Do Not Need Any American Flag Burnings ...Betsy Ross Would Not Be Happy :


U've got ur own reasons n mayb t's 4 da best


I think that those who want to see these have a morbid curiosity. It is just not needed. He is dead, lets just move on.For those who do not believe it, think back to 9/11 and the several other times Bin Laden went on tape to threaten us, if he was not dead he would be throwing it into our faces that he was still alive.